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By: Maika Moulite

As the cultural center of Greater Miami & Miami Beach’s Haitian community, Little Haiti has a vibrant Caribbean atmosphere that permeates almost every shopping experience in the neighborhood. Whether you’re hoping to explore the brightly colored stalls of the Caribbean Marketplace or shop for your next great read at Libreri Mapou, Little Haiti offers plenty of shopping options.

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Don't miss the Caribbean Marketplace on Saturdays

Caribbean Marketplace

No shopping excursion in Little Haiti is complete without a stop at the Caribbean Marketplace. Also known as Mache Ayisyen, the 9,000-square-foot marketplace takes place every Saturday at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex. Visitors will find Afro-Caribbean art, food, clothing and much more for purchase as they stroll through the shopping stalls of local vendors stationed throughout the lively venue. The Little Haiti Cultural Complex is the heart of the Little Haiti community, and it truly comes to life on the weekends, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself dancing to DJ-spun tunes or live performances while you shop. 5925 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33137

COOL Creative

Founded in 2015, COOL Creative is a premium clothing brand that combines social justice, art and fashion. Known for incorporating the iconic imagery of Black heroes such as Nelson Mandela, Maya Angelou, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other change-makers on sweatshirts, varsity jackets and apparel items, the clothing brand has a storefront in Little Haiti. 300 NE 62nd St., Miami, FL 33138

Jalan Jalan Collection

The Jalan Jalan Collection’s 8,000-square-foot showroom has one-of-a-kind furniture, art and design pieces. If you’re looking for a unique piece of décor that will remind you of your time in Miami for years to come, this is the place to find it. The Jalan Jalan Collection recently moved from the Miami Design District to its new location in Little Haiti. 300 NE 59th Terrace Miami, FL 33137

Libreri Mapou
Celebrate Haitian culture with books, arts and crafts

Libreri Mapou

Libreri Mapou is equal parts bookstore, gift shop and cultural center. Created by Haitian playwright and activist Jan Mapou, the quaint store includes curated books in Haitian Creole, French and English, as well as authentic arts and crafts that celebrate the island of Haiti and its people. In addition to literary works, visitors can also purchase the Haitian drink, kremas, a creamy alcoholic beverage served at the holidays as well as during social events. 5919 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33137

Sweat Records
Find your favorite vinyl at Sweat Records

Sweat Records

Miami’s indie music scene is alive and well at Sweat Records in Little Haiti. Started in 2005 with a mission to meet the musical needs of Miami’s locals, the shop carries new and reissued vinyl, enamel pins, turntables and other record accessories. Be sure to grab a cup of coffee from the in-house vegan cafe when you visit. 5505 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33137

Shopping Near Little Haiti

If you’re looking for even more shopping selections, try exploring the areas just outside Little Haiti. Located just south of Little Haiti, Upper Buena Vista provides an enchanting shopping experience, framed by the ribbon-laden branches of banyan and ficus trees. Check out The House of Findings while you’re there, a vintage clothing store that features handmade and upcycled fashion items.

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Fuel up at one of Little Haiti's many delicious Haitian restaurants

Take A Break From Shopping

Feet tired? Need to rest and refuel? Make time for a bite to eat on your Little Haiti shopping excursion – this neighborhood has some of the tastiest dining options in Greater Miami & Miami Beach. Find delicious Haitian staples such as griot (fried pork), pikliz (a spicy, pickled slaw) and bannann peze (fried plantains) at restaurants such as Chef Creole Seasoned Kitchen and Naomi’s Garden Restaurant & Lounge. If you’re looking for quick dining options, make a trip to Piman Bouk Bakery or Lakay Tropical Ice Cream. The Citadel, a dining hall with selections from a dozen local restaurants, is also a great choice. Find more places to eat in Little Haiti.

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